The transfer rumour currently making the rounds at Liverpool at the moment is the potential summer signing of Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool fans familiar with Oxlade-Chamberlain will be wary of his injury record. He has missed 77 games for Arsenal due to injury over his six years at the club, per Transfermarkt. A record that even rivals the Reds’ own injury prone England international, Daniel Sturridge.
It would be in Liverpool’s best interest to pursue Oxlade-Chamberlain, despite his questionable injury record, as he would make an excellent addition to a squad lacking depth in multiple positions he would be a perfect fit in.
Since January, Liverpool have had a hard time dealing with injuries to key players such as Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, and Jordan Henderson.
Klopp has had to resort to putting square pegs in round holes during these situations such as moving Adam Lallana or Roberto Firmino out wide in Mane’s absence.
The signing of Oxlade-Chamberlain could immediately cover for two key positions that Liverpool have had injury issues with this season.
The versatile midfielder could replace the pace and penetration of Mane on the right wing and the high-energy midfield pressing of Adam Lallana in the centre of the park.
Klopp could not only use the extra body to solve potential injury issues, but he could also use the extra quality to make a good run at the Premier League and, hopefully, the Champions League.
The 23-year-old’s experience at a top club and in the Champions League would be so valuable to a squad with very little experience in Europe’s elite competition.
To put it simply, Oxlade-Chamberlain is the perfect Jurgen Klopp signing in just about every possible way.
Tactically, he can naturally fill in anywhere across the midfield and he is no stranger to Klopp’s favourite 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3 formations as he has played in both during his six years at Arsenal.
Stylistically, he is a creative and high-energy player with the pace and agility to beat a man and penetrate the back line. Most importantly, he is an intelligent player who is willing to track back and defend and press at a high intensity for the full 90 minutes.
The England international also fits the Reds’ owner’s transfer policy of signing young players with potential as he is only 23-years-old, yet he also adds valuable Champions League experience to a young and inexperienced squad.
If Arsenal budge on their £35 million valuation, the Reds must snatch him up as he is the perfect addition to their ever-improving squad.